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An Authentic Chesapeake Bay Experience 
in Havre de Grace

Mar 24, 2014 02:28PM ● By Cate Reynolds
Steeped in history and maritime heritage, Havre de Grace, a charming town located on the Susquehanna River in Harford County, offers a variety of opportunities to experience the culture—and magic—of the Chesapeake Bay.

Explore downtown as you spend the day shopping in the specialty stores and antique shops; you never know what “treasures” you might find. Visit the art galleries and studios or take a stroll on the boardwalk promenade along the river. If you’re a chocoholic, make sure you stop by Bomboy’s, a family operated, award-winning shop that sells chocolate and homemade ice cream. After a long day, unwind with a delicious meal, and enjoy fresh seafood, fine dining, or an evening dinner cruise aboard a Mississippi-style riverboat.

In addition to being designated as an Arts & Entertainment District, Havre de Grace is home to several fascinating historical attractions. Visit the town’s best-known landmark, the Concord Point Lighthouse, and enjoy magnificent views of the Chesapeake Bay. Built in 1827, Concord Point is the second oldest lighthouse in Maryland. While at the lighthouse, stop by the Keeper’s Dwelling and learn about the first lighthouse keeper, John O’Neill, a hero of the War of 1812. Admire the work of master carvers and craftsmen at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, which celebrates the unique American folk art of decoy carving, or visit the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum and learn about the town’s maritime history. The museum features exhibits, artifacts, memorabilia, and photographs.

If you prefer the great outdoors, Havre de Grace offers a variety of fun activities, including sailing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, and golfing. In fact, Bulle Rock Golf Course is one of 16 five-star Zagat rated golf courses in the United States.

Plan your trip by itself or coincide it with one of the many town events throughout the spring, including the 7th annual Mardi Gras Parade and Festivities (March 4th), the Havre de Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival (May 2nd to 4th), or the War of 1812 Commemoration (May 3rd).

Whether you’re seeking a relaxing getaway or a more adventurous trip, rest assured: This quaint town offers something for everyone.

To learn more about Havre de Grace and plan your trip, visit Hdgtourism.com.